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These are here purely so I can get them written down somewhere so for a few hours after the show I can say, “Look!  I predicted 50% of the winners!”  No commentary provided.

BEST PICTURE
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

 

BEST ACTOR
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

 

BEST ACTRESS
Marianne Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Wild

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida

Leviathan
Tangerines
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper (La Parka)
White Earth

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation GameInterstellar
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Everything Is Awesome, The Lego Movie
Glory, Selma
Grateful, Beyond the Lights
I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Lost Stars, Begin Again

 

BEST SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
Birdman
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

 

BEST SOUND MIXING
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Mr. Turner
Unbroken

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Mr. Turner

 

BEST FILM EDITING
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Another year, another attempt at reaching enlightenment by doing my Oscar predictions.  It’ll never happen, so I guess I’ll have to reach that next plain of existence some other way.

Here, then, are my Oscar predictions for the 2014 film year.  I’ve been doing this since the 1993 campaign so you’d think I’d know not to think with my heart so much, but no.

Enjoy.

PICTURE
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
Emma Stone, Birdman

DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood, American Sniper
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr Turner
Nightcrawler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash
Wild

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner

COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Selma

FILM EDITING
American Sniper
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr Turner
Unbroken

SCORE
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

SONG
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
“Everything is Awesome” – The Lego Movie
“Glory” – Selma
“Miracles” – Unbroken

SOUND MIXING
American Sniper
Fury
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Whiplash

SOUND EDITING
American Sniper
Fury
Interstellar
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Accused
Ida
Leviathan
The Liberator
Tangerines

ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
The Penguins of Madagascar

VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

MAKE-UP
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Theory of Everything